|Empty bike racks at the hospital.|
I give up riding when it's 25F or below. Instead, my radius shrinks. I shop at a local market. I walk, walk everywhere and only hop in the car as a last resort. I'm not a hearty soul in the cold, nor can I easily handle heat and humidity, but I'm curious how others tolerate the dip in temperatures.
And, why? I can understand if it's the only form of transportation. Burlington has buses, yet they're not efficient for trips less than a mile. Might as well walk. For me, riding is not worth it for short jaunts nor can I stay warm on the bike. I've noticed an increasing number of winter riders: college students, UVM faculty—actually folks of any age. Is it because of the growing bike culture?
I didn't have the foresight to ask the above gentlemen why he rides, but he explained how he keeps warm. Balaclava and hat are necessary. "Hands are terrible to keep warm," he says, rubbing his mitts. He wears one size larger boots with three layers of socks. He also isn't outside for more than an hour at a time.
|Newer rendition of my Trek 830 Antelope. Crusted with salt, it's someone's winter ride.|
|I liked the style of this bike. It's commonly locked outside the YMCA so it's someone's winter transportation of choice. Too bad about the rusted chain and frame wear from, ugh, that terrible rack position.|
|On the UVM campus, I spied a Raleigh Grand Prix redone with new bars, saddle, and whitewall tires.|
|Raleigh Grand Prix, another angle.|